22 November 2013

Upfront Mini Bytes – Ireland, Rhode Island, WWI Trenches, NC Nursing, Lithuanian Jews, Free e-book, and more ....

Welcome to our newest edition of our bi-weekly feature Upfront Mini Bytes.  In Upfront Mini Bytes we provide eight tasty bits of genealogy news that will help give you a deeper byte into your family history research. Each item is short and sweet.  We encourage you to check out the links to articles, blog posts, resources, and anything genealogical!

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We often talk about trying to figure out how something was written based on how it was probably spoken.  If your research involves someone living in Ireland, you might find the Archive of spoken Irish from 1920s and 1930s now online interesting.  Even if you don’t have Irish ancestors, it’s fun to listen to the recorded stories, songs, prayers, charms, and parables.
Rhode Island State Archives Online Catalog is now available. This is an invaluable tool for anyone interested in accessing information about the holdings, detailed finding aids, images, and links to other resources found in the Rhode Island State Archives.
If you want a nitty gritty look at life in the trenches during WWI (UK), see if your library has access to Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War.  You can get a sense of these publications (more than 1,500 periodicals, published between 1914 and the end of 1919) by viewing/downloading a graphic novel and see the video.

I had never heard of the term Spoonerism until I read this blog post Genealogy Challenge Pt. 1: Spot Spoonerisms & Other Name Mistakes on GenealogyBank, though I have certainly spoken a few in my day.  The post states that a Spoonerism is “the accidental switching of sounds or letters in two words, often to humorous effect.”

Lithuanian Jewish Cemetery records continue to be made available online at Litvak Cemetery Catalog. Here is a link to a map and list of status (whether digitized or not) information for each identified cemetery.  There is also an associated Facebook page.

This Old House website has a neat page How to Research the History of Your House.  If you are interested in doing a history of your own house or a house of a family member, I think you’ll find the information provided here quite useful.

Family Tree Magazine and GenealogyBank have partnered to make available a free e-book How to Search Obituaries to Find Ancestors and Trace Your Family Tree. You will need to provide your name and e-mail address to access this publication.  You can opt in to receive information about GenealogyBank.com and that is not required.

What a neat website – North Carolina Nursing History (hosted by Appalachian State University).  Two neat finds (by me) on the website are a digitized version of “The History of Nursing in North Carolina” and African American Registered Nurses in NC 1903-1935.

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